Orcadia:Land

Orkney and St Magnus International Festival were at the heart of Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations on New Year's Day 2017 as part of Scot:Lands - a showcase of the arts and culture from across Scotland. The Festival took over St Giles Cathedral for a four-hour rolling show featuring Gnoss, members of The Mayfield Singers, dancers from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and regular Festival ensemble, the Assembly Project. 

The show was seen by several thousand visitors and featured much-loved pieces such as Sir Peter Maxwell Davies's Lullaby for Lucy and Farewell to Stromness alongside extracts from Alasdair Nicolson's Winterings and music specially created for the event.

As a backdrop to the event the Sails for St Magnus were brought to Edinburgh and hung in St Giles.

This video will hopefully give you a flavour of the event and the full programme is listed below.

For more about Scot:Lands see the following articles:
Scotsman PreviewHerald PreviewScotsman Review and Herald Review

For more on the 2017 Festival see our newsletter

ORCADIA:LAND

presented by St Magnus International Festival
Artistic Director    Alasdair Nicolson
Development Director   Charlotte Rendall

GNOSS
Voice/Guitar Aidan Moodie  
Violin/Mandolin Graham Rorie  

DANCERS
Hannah  Eden
Ewan Hambleton

THE ASSEMBLY PROJECT
Violins   Rachel Spencer  Aisling O’ Dea
Viola    Ian Anderson
Cellos   Clea Friend  Duncan Strachan
Double Bass   May Halyburton

THE MAYFIELD SINGERS
Director Denise Stout

Russell  Aitken
David Baker
Lindsay Blair
Clare  Burgher
Carolyn Chalmers
Oliver  Cook
Keith  Hartmann
David Knotts
Ewan  McCormick
Denise  Stout
Harriet Stout
Ian  Stout

SAILS ARTISTS
Erlend Brown, Dave Jackson, Mary Scott, Andrew Parkinson

MUSIC

1.   THE ASSEMBLY PROJECT  

Magnus Chronicle   Alasdair Nicolson (World Premiere)
Farewell to Stromness   Peter Maxwell Davies (arranged Elizabeth Sullivan)

2. MAYFIELD SINGERS

Hymn to St Magnus   Anon
Lullaby for Lucy   Peter Maxwell Davies
The Floss Westray   Alasdair Nicolson
A Hoy Calendar   Peter Maxwell Davies
Orkney Anthem  Ivan Drever (arranged Peter Stephenson)

3. GNOSS

The Last Calling Port  Graham Rorie
An Orkney Christmas  Graham Rorie (World Premiere)
Ronnie Aim’s Compliments to Jimmy Craigie   Ronnie Aim
The Birsay Haddock  Andy Cant

4. THE ASSEMBLY PROJECT 

Magnus   Alasdair Nicolson
Graveshill  Peter Maxwell Davies
Celestial Kinsmen  Alasdair Nicolson (World Premiere)
Cross Kirk  Peter Maxwell Davies
Dingieshow Dancers  Wrigley Sisters (arranged Alasdair Nicolson)

5.  MAYFIELD SINGERS 

Hymn to St Magnus Anon
Ballulalow  Alasdair Nicolson
Suscipe quaesimus  Peter Maxwell Davies
Celestial Kinsmen  Alasdair Nicolson
Lux  Alasdair Nicolson
St Bartholomew’s Prayer  Peter Maxwell Davies

6. GNOSS

Watchman’s Polka  Davie Eunson
The Strynd  Hugh Inkster
North  Aidan Moodie (World Premiere)

Hannah Eden and Ewan Hambleton appeared by kind permission of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

 

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